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The Prophecies of Daniel, Part 4

I love prophecy in the Bible, because it is always fulfilled.  This alone should make people stop and think about the veracity of the Bible – for these things were clearly written well in advance of the actual fulfillment.  That fact seems to be beyond argument.  And what are the chances that these prophecies just happened to be “coincidentally” right?  No, it is safe to say that God’s prophecy is accurate, true…and amazing.  Here are some explanations of each of the prophecies found in the book of Daniel.

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Through Daniel, we learn of the first three empires to conquer Judah – Babylon, the Medo-Persians, and Greece.  Now, we find reference to a fourth.

“ After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.”  — Daniel 7:7

The empire which conquered Greece, and thus, the fourth empire to dominate Judah was the Roman Empire.  There is no animal fierce enough to depict the Romans, and they devoured the whole earth under their rule.  They were authoritative, harsh, and left a trail of slaves wherever they went.  Indeed, the Roman Empire was truly different from the previous conquerors – all of which were monarchies under the rule of a king.  Instead, Rome was a republic, and ruled the world from 168 B.C to 476 A. D.

The ten horns are almost certainly a reference to the ten divisions in which the Empire divided into by the end of its time.  By name, these ten provinces were the Ostrogoths, the Franks (French), the Alemanni (Germans), the Heruli, the Burgundians (Swiss), the Vandals, the Suevi (Portuguese), the Anglo-Saxons (English), the Lombards (Italy), and the Visigoths (Spain).  It should come as no surprise that the Bible predicted exactly ten horns, and the fulfillment was in the form of exactly ten provinces.

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